Malta
land measures

modd

wejba

4

tomna

4

16

siegħ

6

24

96

kejla

10

60

240

960

qasba kwadra

4

40

240

960

3840

5.252
sq yard

22.41
sq yard

224.1
sq yard

0.278
acre

10/9
acre

40/9
acres

4.393
sq m

18.735
sq m

187.354
sq m

1124.124
sq m

4496.5
sq m

1.798
hectares

The above table is largely based on data provided by the government of Malta to the United Nations in the mid-20th century1. The names of the units are Maltese.

A century earlier, during the British occupation, a British author2 described a predecessor system of land units based on the southern Italian measures prevalent in Malta during the previous centuries. Except for the canna, the units are seed measures of land. (Martin mentions “square tumoli,” but the tumolo is not a linear unit.) Taking the mid-19th century value of the canna at Pouchet's 2.0880 meters (reported by Doursther, page 83) gives the following result:

   

salma

 

tumolo

16

square canna

256

4096

5.214
sq yd

0.276
acre

4.41
acres

4.360
sq m

1116.09
sq m

1.7857
hectares

Martin, however, states that the salma was 4.44 acres, which may be due to taking a commercially convenient conversion, 3½ palmi = 1 English yard, which makes the canna about 2.090 meters. That equivalence seems to have rippled through Maltese measures.

 

1. United Nations, 1966.

2. Robert Montgomery Martin.
History of the Colonies of the British Empire in the West Indies, South America, North America, Asia...
London: W. H. Allen & Co. and George Routledge, 1843.
Page 587.

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