carreau de terre

1

In Haiti, 19th – 21st centuries, a unit of land area, approximately 1.29 hectares (approximately 3.19 acres)¹.

In colonial times it is said to have been the area of a square 100 pas on a side.² The source states that in Saint-Domingue (what would become Haiti) the pas was 3½ pieds, while in other French colonies, such as Guadaloupe or Cayenne, the pas was only 3 pieds. This is somewhat strange, as in France, according to Doursther, the pas was 2½ pieds (the geometric pas was 5 pieds).

A square 350 pied on a side would have an area of 12,926.32 square meters, which fits the 20th century value pretty well; a square 300 pied on a side would have an area of 9496.90 square meters.

1. United Nations, 1966.

2. Médéric-Louis-Élie Moreau de Saint-Méry.
Description topographique, physique, civile, politique et historique de la partie Française de l'isle Saint-Domingue.
1798.
New edition entirely revised and compared with the manuscript by Blanche Maurel and Étienne Taillemite.
Paris: Societe de l'histoire des Colonies Françaises et Librairie Larose, 1958.

The information is from Maurel and Taillemite, not Moreau de Saint-Méry. Page 14.

2

In France, a premetric unit of land area.

After Doursther, 1840
Location Synonyms, Equivalents Side of square,
meters
Area of square,
sq. meters
Agen latte carrée
= ¹₄₃₂1/432 carterée
4.10786 16.874553
Angoulême and Cognac. Gattey adds the communes of Garat, Roulet, Manale, Hiersac, Vars, Jauldes, Ventouse, Montemboeuf, Montbrou, Saint-Claud, Jarnac, Salles, Segouzac, Aubeterre, Lavalette, Deviac, Lapéruse; Rouillac, Ruffes, Aigre, Villefagnan, Nanteuil. latte carrée
= ¹⁄₂₀₀ journal
2 toise or 12 pieds de Guyenne,
4.15740
17.283975
Bordeaux latte carrée
= ¹⁄₅₁₂ journal
7 pieds,
2.49718
6.235908
Marennes and Rochefort perche carrée
= ¹⁄₁₀₀ journal
18 pieds de Paris,
5.84711
34.188683

3

In Paris, France, a old unit used to describe dressed stone, = 1/10 chariot, about 0.102852 cubic meter.

Doursther, 1840.

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