from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ancient Spanish land tenure similar to the English knight's fee; hence, in Spain and countries settled by the Spanish, a land measure of varying size. In Cuba it is about 33 acres; in Puerto Rico, about 194 acres; in the Southwestern United States, about 108 acres.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Span. Amer. law, a holding of land corresponding somewhat to the early English knight's fee.
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So cane with less yield per caballeria translates into less yield per cane cutter.
A piece of land, the fourth of a "caballeria" in extent, and generally with 10,000 coffee plants on it, are thus called.
Poems by a Slave in the Island of Cuba, Recently Liberated; Translated from the Spanish, by R. R. Madden, M.D. With the History of the Early Life of the Negro Poet, Written by Himself; to Which Are Prefixed Two Pieces Descriptive of Cuban Slavery and the Slave-Traffic, by R. R. M.
[* The agrarian measure, called caballeria, is eighteen cordels, (each cordel includes twenty-four varas) or 432 square varas; consequently, as 1 vara = 0. 835m., according to Rodriguez, a caballeria is
As you know, with proper care, cold season sugarcane yields 30,000, 40,000, or 50,000 arrobas per caballeria when fertilized. [passage omitted]
Measures were improvised; the fertilizer purchased was not enough for the (? cold) sugarcane, we sought resources to fertilize the caballeria and the (? cold).
Because one can plant a caballeria of carrots, and planted at the right time it can produce 6,000 or 7,000 quintals.
We Cubans know perfectly well what it takes to plant, cultivate, and harvest one caballeria of anything, whether cane, rice, or wheat.
Next came Guira, with 20 quintals less per caballeria.
Its average was lower: 5,971 quintals per caballeria.
We have said here that the state sector averaged 6,193 quintals per caballeria.
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