cuartillo [Spanish]

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Costa Rica

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Guatemala

Ifni

Mexico

Nicaragua

Spain

 

The underlying meaning is “a fourth”.

1

In Spain, 20th century:

United Nations, 1966

Technical Factors..., 1972, page 157.

In the 19th century local values prevailed:

Province Capacity in liters¹
liquid dry
Álava 0.511 1.159
Albacete 0.398 1.181
Almería 0.455 1.147
Ávila 0.498 1.175
Badajoz oil 0.161 1.163
wine 0.432
Burgos 0.441 1.133
Cáceres wine 0.384 1.120
Cádiz wine 0.495 1.136
Canarias Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1.016 1.305
Las Palmas 1.068
Villa de Guía de Canarias 0.995
Arrecife de Lanzarote 2.46
Castellón 0.704
Ciudad-Real excluding oil 0.500 1.138
Córdoba 0.510 1.149
Coruña wheat 0.673
maize 0.870
wine 0.458
other alcoholic beverages 0.483
Cuenca 0.493 1.129
Granada 0.432 1.139
Guadalajara 0.432 1.142
oil 0.508
Guipúzcoa 0.630
Huelva 1.147
Jaén wine 0.501 1.140
León 0.495 1.133
Logroño 0.501 1.144
Lugo 0.470
Madrid 0.509 1.153
Málaga 0.521 1.124
Murcia wine 0.488 1.152
Orense 0.443
Oviedo 0.575 0.579
Palencia 0.493 1.156
Pontevedra 0.481
Salamanca 0.499 1.138
Santander 0.494 1.143
Segovia 0.500 1.138
Sevilla 0.489 1.139
Soria 0.494 1.148
Toledo 0.508 1.156
Valencia wine 0.673 1.005
Valladolid 0.489 1.142
Vizcaya 0.555
Zamora 0.499 1.152
Zaragoza 0.619

1. Dirección General del Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico.
Equivalencias entre las Pesas y Medidas Usadas Antiguamente en las Diversas Provincias de España y las Legales del Sistema Métrico-Decimal.
Publicadas de Real Orden.
Madrid: Imprenta de la Dirección General del Instituto Geográfico y Estadístico, 1886.

2

In Costa Rica, 20th century, a unit of capacity, = 4.25 liters, according to the UN report. The 1885 government report describes it as 4.16 liters.

United Nations, 1966.

[Costa Rica. Ministerio de formento.]
Medidas y pesas del sistema métrico, y tablas de equivalencia con las antiguas.
San José de Costa Rica: Imprenta nacional, 1885.

3

In Cuba, 20th century, a unit of capacity used for habanero, approximately 860.02 milliliters.

United Nations, 1966.

4

In Guatemala, 20th century, a unit of capacity, approximately 1.16 liters. A fourth of a celemín.

United Nations, 1966.

5

In Ifni, 20th century, a unit of liquid capacity, approximately 509 milliliters.

United Nations, 1966.

6

In Mexico, 20th century, a unit of liquid capacity used for cooking oil, approximately 506 milliliters (United Nations, 1966).

An earlier writer, Clason, says that in Mexico the cuartillo is both a unit of liquid capacity, about 456.3 mL (0.482 U.S. liquid quarts), and of dry capacity, about 1.892 liters (1.72 U.S. dry quarts). Doursther, writing in 1840, says the Mexican cuartillo is an eighteenth part of the jame of 8 liters, which would make it 444.4 milliliters.

In reality, the situation was much more complex than those neat summaries would suggest, resembling France before the Revolution. The 1930 Agricultural Census uncovered the following cuartillos then in use:

From Medidas-Regionales, 1933
Location Measures what? Magnitude
Copainalá, Chiapas agricultural land ¼ hectare
Chicoasén, Chiapas capacity, grain 4 liters
Chicomucelo, Chiapas capacity, grain 5 liters
Jiquipilas, Chiapas capacity, grain 3.075 liters
Ocotepec, Chiapas capacity, grain 3.500 liters
San Bartolomé, Chiapas capacity, grain 4 liters
Milpa Alta, D.F. agricultural land 0.1000 hectare
Tláhuac, D.F. agricultural land 0.1000 hectare
Xochimilco, D.F. agricultural land 0.1000 hectare
Jaral del Progresso, Guanajuato capacity 1 liter
Cocula, Guerrero capacity, chiles or maize 2 liters
Chilapa, Guerrero capacity 3 liters
San Luis Acatlán, Guerrero mass, dried chiles 1 kilogram
mass, beans or maize 5 kilograms
Taxco de Alarcón, Guerrero capacity 2 liters
Alfajayucan, Hidalgo capacity, grain 2 liters
Cardonal, Hidalgo mass, maize 1.500 kilograms
capacity, maize 2 liters
agricultural land 0.1000 hectare
Huautla, Hidalgo capacity, grain or maize 5 liters
Huazalingo, Hidalgo capacity, grain 2.500 liters
liquid capacity 1.089 liters
Huehuetla, Hidalgo agricultural land 0.1250 hectare
Huejutla, Hidalgo agricultural land ¼ hectare
capacity, maize 5 liters
Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo agricultural land 0.1000 hectare
Mineral de la Reforma, Hidalgo capacity 25 liters
agricultural land 0.100 hectare
Omitlán de Juárez, Hidalgo capacity, grain 2 liters
Orizatlán, Hidalgo capacity, grain 5 liters
Singuilucan, Hidalgo capacity, grain 2 liters
Tecozautla, Hidalgo capacity 2 liters
Tenango de Doria, Hidalgo agricultural land 0.0625 hectare
Tepehuacán de Guerrero, Hidalgo capacity 2 liter
Tepetitlán, Hidalgo capacity 2 liters
Tianguistengo, Hidalgo capacity 2 liters
Tlahuiltepa, Hidalgo capacity 2 liters
Xochiatipan, Hidalgo capacity, grain 5 liters
Totatiche, Jalisco liquid capacity 0.500 liters
Amatepec, Mexico capacity 2 liters
Amecameca, Mexico capacity 2 kilograms
mass, broad beans 1.400 kilograms
mass, beans 1.500 kilograms
Capulhuac, Mexico capacity 2 liters
agricultural land 0.0743 hectare
Cuautitlán, Mexico capacity 2 liters
Chalco, Mexico capacity 2 liters
Chicoloapan, Mexico capacity 2 liters
Chiconcuac, Mexico agricultural land 0.111 hectare
Chimalhuacán, Mexico mass, maize 1.5 kilograms
agricultural land 0.1120 hectare
Ixtapan de la Sal, Mexico mass, maize 1.250 kilograms
capacity, maize 2 liters
Metepec, Mexico agricultural land 0.0700 hectare
San Antonio de la Isla, Mexico agricultural land, = ¼ almud 0.0793 hectare
San Mateo Atenco, Mexico agricultural land 0.0742 hectare
Tejupilco, Mexico mass, maize 1.500 kilograms
capacity 2 liters
Temascaltepec, Mexico capacity, grain 2 liters
mass, beans 1.600 kilograms
mass, maize 1.500 kilograms
Temascalcingo, Mexico capacity 2 liters
Temascaltepec, Mexico capacity 2 liters
mass, maize 1.500 kilograms
mass, ? 1.300 kg
mass, wheat 1.610 kg
Tepetlaoxtec, Mexico capacity, grain 2 liters
Tianuistenco, Mexico mass, maize 1.500 kilograms
capacity 1.892 liters
Toluca, Mexico mass, beans 1.600 kilograms
capacity, beans 2 liters
Zinacantepec, Mexico mass, maize 1.500 liters
Zumpango, Mexico capacity 2.080 liters
Cruz de Caminos, Michoacan liquid capacity 0.500 liter
Hidalgo, Michoacan mass, maize 1.410 kilograms
cap, maize 2 liters
Indaparapeo, Michoacan mass, maize 2 liters
capacity, maize 1 liter
La Piedad, Michoacan capacity, milk 0.500 liter
Amacuzac, Morelos capacity 2 liters
Axochiapan, Morelos agricultural land 0.1250 hectare
Jojutla, Morelos capacity 2 liters
Mazatepec, Morelos capacity 2 liters
Miacatlálan, Morelos agricultural land 0.1250 hectare
Ocuituco, Morelos capacity 2 liters
Puente de Ixtla, Morelos capacity 2 liters
Tepoztlán, Morelos agricultural land
(also called a doble litro)
0.0900 hectare
Tetecala, Morelos capacity 2 liters
Tlaltizapán, Morelos agricultural land 0.1250 liters
capacity 2 liters
Tlaquiltenango, Morelos capacity 2 liters
agricultural land 0.100 hectare
Tlayacapan, Morelos agricultural land 0.100 hectare
capacity, grain 2 liters
Totolapan, Morelos agricultural land 0.100 hectare
capacity 2 liters
Yecapixtla, Morelos capacity 2 liters
Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca agricultural land,
 = ¼ almud
0.2500 hectare
capacity, 
= ¼ almud
4 liters
San Bartolomé Zoogocho, Oaxaca capacity 0.500 liters
San Jerónimo Silacayoapilla, Oaxaca capacity 0.500 liter
San Juan Bautista Suchitepec, Oaxaca capacity 2.5 liters
San Pedro Huilotepec, Oaxaca mass, maize 2.500 kilograms
Santa Lucía Monte Verde, Oaxaca capacity 0.500 liter
Santa Maria Guienagati, Oaxaca mass, beans and maize 2.880 kilograms
Santiago Guevea, Oaxaca capacity 4 liters
Santiago Tamazola, Oaxaca agricultural land 0.1250 hectare
capacity 2.5 liters
Santo Domingo Petapa, Oaxaca agricultural land 0.2500 hectare
capacity 2 liters
Santo Domingo Zanatepac, Oaxaca capacity 4 liters
Acateno, Puebla capacity = ¼ almud 2.500 liters
Amixtlán, Puebla capacity, = 1/100 carga 2 liters
Camocuautla, Puebla capacity,  = 1/100 carga 2 liters
Francisco Z. Mena, Puebla capacity 3 liters
General Felipe Angeles, Puebla agricultural land 1.7500 hectare
Hermenegildo Galeana, Puebla capacity 2 liters
Huauchinango, Puebla agricultural land 0.100 hectare
capacity 2 liters
Hueyapan, Puebla capacity 2.5 liters
Naupan, Puebla capacity, chile verde 2 liters
Pantepec, Puebla capacity 5 liters
San Matías Tlalancaleca, Puebla mass, green peas, beans, wheat 1.610 kilograms
mass, maize and broad beans 1.500 kilograms
Santa Catarina Tlaltempan, Puebla capacity 2 liters
Tlaola, Puebla capacity 2 liters
Villa Juárez, Puebla capacity 2 liters
agricultural land 0.100 hectares
Zacapala, Puebla capacity 2 liters
Zacatlán, Puebla capacity  2 liters
Aquismón, San Luis Potosi capacity 3 liters
Cerro de San Pedro, San Luis Potosi cap (also called a cuarteron) 2 liters
San Martin, San Luis Potosi capacity 3 liters
Tancuayalab, San Luis Potosi capacity 3 liters
Alvarado, Veracruz liquid capacity 0.456 liters
dry capacity 1.867 liters
Citlaltepec, Veracruz agricultural land 0.2500 hectare
capacity 5 liters
Córdoba, Veracruz mass, maize 1.500 kilograms
capacity, = 1/100 carga
(but there was also a 224 kg carga)
2 liters
Chiconamel, Veracruz capacity 5 liters
agricultural land 0.2500 hectare
Chicontepec, Veracruz mass, maize 3.500 kilograms
capacity 5 liters
Chontla, Veracruz agricultural land 0.2500 hectare
Ilamatlán, Veracruz agricultural land 0.3400 hectare
capacity 5 liters
Platón Sánchez, Veracruz capacity 5 liters
agricultural land 0.2500 hectares
Tampico Alta, Veracruz capacity 3 liters
Tecolutla, Veracruz capacity 3 liters
Las Vigas, Veracruz capacity = ¼ almud 2.500 liters
Zacualapan, Veracruz capacity 2.5 liters
Zontecomatlán, Veracruz capacity 5 liters
San Pedro Piedra Gorda, Zacatecas liquid capacity 0.500 liters

7

In Nicaragua, a unit of dry capacity = ½ medio, about 3906 milliliters. Some writers¹ assert that “cuartillo” was the name of the physical measure, and the name of the volume it measured was “cuarto”.

1. Cristina Maria van der Gulden.
Vocabulario Nicaragüense.
Managua: Editorial UCA, 1995.

Page 94, citing Humberto Tapia Barquero, Nicaragua, maiz y folklore, Managua, 1981, page 236.

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