Glossary of Mexican Land Terms

On September 27, 2015, Posted by , In Reference, tagged in ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Glossary of Mexican Land Terms

  Many common terms of measurement exist in Spanish and Mexican land grants. Following is a handful of land terms useful when reading land grants: aldeas – hamlets a los consejos de ellas (related to land documents) – representatives arrabales – suburbs avecinado – person from a different locality bueno y mediano – good…

Defining What is a Mexican Vara

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Land grants issued in Mexico were measured in varas, the unit of all measurements of length. The Mexican vara is based on the Castillian vara used in the “Marc of Burgos.” It is the legal standard of measurement in colonial Mexico. According to the Hamilton book of Mexican Law written in 1882: How are varas determined? “The…

Mexican Land Measurements

On September 25, 2015, Posted by , In Law, tagged in ,,,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Mexican Land Measurements

Spanish and Mexican land grants were primarily for livestock raising and agriculture. Exact measurement of these grants were codified in Mexican law and inform modern researchers how to interpret land grants. According to Leonidas Hamilton’s book “Mexican Law A Compilation of Mexican Legislation…” published in 1882, following are the basic…