In Guatemala, 16ᵗʰ century, a unit of dry capacity used for cacao beans, = 8000 beans, about 1/6 fanega. It takes its name from the leather sack used to hold the beans.

Dan Stanislawski.
Guatemala Villages of the 16th Century.

This work was in progress at the time of Professor Stanislawski's death. Colleagues have made a slightly edited version of the manuscript available online. Though certainly not the book Stanislawski would have produced, it contains information from his study of legajo #128 in the Archive of the Indies that clarifies the meaning of a number of units.

Francesco Guerra.
Weights and Measures in Pre-Columbian America.
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, vol. 15, pages 342-344 (1960).

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