Napoleon Series Archive 2003

Re: Meaning of the word "toise"

Bonjour Steve,

The informations I found on the ' Quid ' Edition 2002 - Unités de mesure -
Ancien Régime :

TOISE ( Du latin (ex-) TENSA, sous entendu " bras étendus " ) 6 pieds = 1,949 m

Then :

1793 : Décret du 1 -3 fixant provisoirement l'unité de longueur d'après la mesure de l'abbé Louis
de la Caille ( 1713-1762) de 1740, effectuée sur le méridien de Paris . Le mètre est ainsi défini :

3 Pieds 11.44 lignes de la toise du Pérou à 13° Réaumur, soit 0.513243 toises (pour 1 mètre)

....

For 1800 and 1812 the Quid gives the same information you gave.

My problem is that I can't understand your data of 1798, and mainly the result of Toise = 1.49034 m

A+ Dominique

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