braça [Portuguese]

In the Cape Verde Islands, 20ᵗʰ century (UN 1966), a unit of length, approximately 2.20 meters (approximately 7.22 feet). According to Doursther (1840), it had the same value in Portugal in the 19ᵗʰ century. Link to chart comparing Portuguese units of length

Other authorities report the braça in Brazil A map showing the location of Brazil., during the 20ᵗʰ century with the same magnitude.

The braça is one of the units based on the distance between the fingertips of outstretched arms, like the English fathom. Compare the Spanish braza.



Braça 2 varas ou 10 palmos 2,2 metro

Mappas das Medidas do Novo Systema Legal comparadas com as Antigas nos Diversos Concelhos do Reino e Ilhas.
Lisbon: Imprensa Nacional, 1868.
Page 298.


Braça — E' ainda usada em quase todo o Brasil; são 2,2 metros, sendo que 3 000 braças ou 6 600 metros, correspondem a uma légua.

Braça — It is still used in almost all of Brazil. They are 2.2 meters, so that 3000 braças or 6600 meters make a légua.

Brasil. Ministério das Relações Exteriores.
Brasil. 1943-1944.
Rio de Janeiro: Ministério das Relações Exteriores, 1944.
Page 162.


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