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Re: Meaning of the word "toise"
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Marc,

1798 final metre = 5130740 x 864/107 = 443296 lines .*. French foot (= 144 lines) = 024839
metree. Toise = 1.49034 meters.

In 1800 a decree authorizing the use of a more popular nomenclature was issued in lieu of metric terms.

In 1812 a parallel system was established in which the old names and customary fractions were applied to the new units: thus, the length of 2 metres was called a toise and divided into 6 pieds that were (1/3)
meter in length.

Steve

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