# Chilean units of measurement

A number of different units of measurement were used in Chile to measure quantities like length, mass, area, capacity, etc. From 1848, the metric system has been compulsory in Chile.[1][2]

## Pre-metric units

Spanish customary units were used before 1848.[1][3]

### Length

To measure length several units were used. Legally, one vara is equal to 0.836 m.[1] Some of the units and their legal values as follows:[1][4]

- 1 línea =
^{1}⁄_{432}vara - 1 pulgada =
^{1}⁄_{36}vara - 1 pie =
^{1}⁄_{3}vara - 1 cuadra = 150 vara
- 1 legua = 5400 vara

### Mass

Several units were used to measure mass. One libra is equal to 0.460093 kg. Some other units are given below:[1][4]

- 1 grano =
^{1}⁄_{9216}Libra - 1 adarme =
^{1}⁄_{256}libra - 1 sastellano =
^{1}⁄_{100}libra - 1 onza =
^{1}⁄_{16}libra - 1 arroba = 25 libra
- 1 quintal = 100 libra

### Capacity

Mainly two systems, dry and liquid, were used to measure capacity in Chile.

## References

- Washburn, E.W. (1926).
*International Critical Tables of Numerical Data, Physics, Chemistry and Technology*. New York: McGraw-Hil Book Company, Inc. p. 4. - Cardarelli, F. (2003).
*Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins*. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1. - Clarke, F.W. (1891).
*Weights Measures and Money of All Nations*. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 23. - Cardarelli, F. (2003).
*Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins*. London: Springer. pp. 162, 163. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1.

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