carga in Bolivia

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In Bolivia, ? – 20th century¹, various units of mass, varying with locality and the commodity weighed:

Department Town Mass
in kilograms
Commodity
Chuquisaca Azurduy 103.5 potatoes, ocas
64.40 barley
Camargo 81.00 grain
73.60 potatoes
62.10 maize
H. Siles 59.80 potatoes
Luis Calvo 57.50 maize
Monteagudo 59.80 grain
Padilla 80.50 potatoes, wheat
Sucre 57.50 potatoes
Tarabuco 78.20 potatoes
62.10 barley
Villa Busch 73.60 potatoes, maize
Villa Serrano 69.00 barely
80.50 potatoes
Yotala 57.50 potatoes
46.00 grain
Zudañez 80.90 potatoes, ocas
46.00 chuño
62.50 barley
La Paz Apolo 69.00 grain
Achacachi 59.80 grain
71.76 potatoes
Pelechuco 69.00 maize
Coroico 73.60 firewood
71.76 potatoes
Corocoro 71.76 potatoes
59.80 chuño
Inquisivi 94.30 potatoes, ocas
87.40 maize
Luribay 71.76 potatoes
59.80 grain, chuño
Omasuyos 50.00 ocas, other
Pacajes 70.75 potatoes
58.97 chuño
Palca 71.76 potatoes
Pucarani 55.50 grain
72.60 potatoes
35.88 tunta (cactus?)
Puerto Acosta 59.80 chuño
71.76 potatoes
Quime 69.00 grain
71.76 potatoes, ocas
55.20 chuño
Sicasica 71.76 potatoes
57.50 grain
Sorata 61.80 grain
95.68 wheat
71.76 potatoes
46.00 chuño
Viacha 71.76 potatoes
59.80 chuno
46.00 ocas
Potosi Arampampa 85.10 wheat
60.95 barley
102.10 maize
100.00 potatoes
Colquechaca 73.60 potatoes, ocas
55.20 chuño, maize
Cotagaita 62.10 grain
Potosi 46.00 potatoes
Puna 50.00 potatoes, grain
San Pedro 60.00 potatoes, ocas
Sacaca 100.00 potatoes, ocas
Tacobamba 68.00 wheat
Toropalca 59.80 wheat
Tuctapari 59.80 maize
Tumusla 70.00 maize
Tupiza 64.40 potatoes, ocas
Uncía 69.00 potatoes, ocas
Uyuni 69.00 grain
Villa Betanzos 50.60 maize
62.10 barley
Vitichi 57.50 maize
Oruro Corque 46.00 potatoes
Huanuni 73.60 potatoes
184.00 barley
Oruro 100.28 potatoes
Poopo 52.90 ptatoes
Salinas de G. Mendoza 52.90 potatoes
48.30 flour
50.60 chuño
46.00 quinoa
Santa Cruz Quirusillas 57.50 grain
Valle Grande 92.00 potatoes
77.28 maize
69.00 fruit
Tarija Concepción 69.00 maize, flour
92.00 potatoes, ocas
46.00 firewood
Entre Rios 92.00 potatoes
Padcaya 69.00 maize, ocas
92.00 potatoes
Pampa Redondo 69.00 maize
92.00 potatoes, “papaliza”
San Lorenzo 69.00 maize, ocas
92.00 potatoes
Tarija 69.00 maize, barley
92.00 potatoes
Yacuiba 69.00 grain
Cochabamba Aiquile 57.5 grains
92.00 ocas, potatoes
Arani 55.20 grains
Arque 100.20 potatoes
64.00 maize
160.00 wheat
Cliza 100.00 ocas
100.28 potatoes
Cochabamba 100.28 potatoes
30.00 ocas
Mizque 100.28 ocas, potatoes
Punata 100.28 papas
Quillacollo 50.00 maize, wheat
100.00 potatoes, ocas
Sacaba 101.20 grains
57.50 coca
100.00 potatoes
Tarata 71.40 maize
82.92 wheat
66.32 grain
Totora 115.00 potatoes
Villa Viscarra 82.80 grain

In contrast, a 19th century traveler² reported a carga of 92 kilograms, which the less-centralized 20th century survey found in only 8 locations:

Le quintal,—el quintal,— vaut 100 livres du pays, soit 46 kilogrammes. Il se divise en 4 arrobas dè 25 livres, soit 11 kilog. 500 grammes.

Le double quintal prend le nom de carga.

1. [Bolivia] Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia y Colonizacion. Dirección General de Economia Rural.
Resumen General de Medidas típicas de la República de Bolivia.
Corrected and revised by the Departamento de Muestreos y Padrones.
[La Paz]: Departamento de Muestreos y Padrones, 1956.
Pages 10, 14, 21, 22, 29, 35, 38 and 42. (Page numbering is not continuous.)

2. André Bresson.
Bolivia. Sept Années d'Explorations, de Voyages et de Séjours dans L'Amérique Australe.
Paris: Challamel Ainé, Éditeur, 1886. Page 617.

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In Bolivia, ? – 20th century, various units of land area:

Department Town Area
in square meters
Chuquisaca Tarabuco 300
Zuadañez 7,000
La Paz Inquisivi 3,500
Cochabamba Quillacollo 14,489.01
Potosi Cotagaita 16,000
Oruro Huanuni 160
Tarija Padcaya 420

[Bolivia] Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia y Colonizacion. Dirección General de Economia Rural.
Resumen General de Medidas típicas de la República de Bolivia.
Corrected and revised by the Departamento de Muestreos y Padrones.
[La Paz]: Departamento de Muestreos y Padrones, 1956.

Pages 12, 16, 25, 32, 36 and 44. (Page numbering is not continuous.)

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