Colombian units of measurement
A variety of units of measurement were used in Colombia to measure quantities like length, mass and area. In Colombia, International Metric System has adopted since 1853, and has been compulsory since 1854.
1 pulgada = 1⁄32 vara
1 cuarta = 1⁄4 vara
1 cuadra = 100 varas
1 legua = 6250 varas
A number of units were used to measure mass. As in 1920s too, some units were derived from the metric system. One libra was equal to 0.500 kg (i.e. 500 g) (or 0.54354 kg). Some other units are provided below:
1 onza = 1⁄16 libra
1 arroba = 25 libra
1 quintal = 100 libra
1 saco = 125 libra
1 carga = 250 libra
1 tonelada = 2000 libra
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