by Moises Garza

November 21, 2011

Last Names of Nuevo Leon

When doing my research into South Texas Land Grants and Land titles the terms “leguas” and “varas” would show up very often in most documents. Since till this day the Porciones are still mentioned on land titles as they have been mentioned in such documents since they were granted by the king of Spain. In a nut shell I found the following chart on that will help us bring into context all those Spanish Measurement terms. I noted the Castillian system since it is the most important one.

Castilian system of units



Length in pie

Length in SI Units

U.S. Units



0.1613 mm

0.00635 in



1.935 mm

.0762 in




23.22 mm

.9142 in



27.86 cm

10.969 in




0.8359 m

32.909 in



1.3932 m

54.850 in



4.1795 km

2.597 mi

Vara Measurements differ by locality:

1 Vara (Texas-Spanish) = 33 1/3 inches (as decided by the first Texas Land Commissioner)
1 Vara (Southern Colorado) 32.993 inches
1 Vara (Florida) 33.372 inches

I put an emphasis on “varas” because they are the type of measurement that is widely used in these documents as you all will see once I start transcribing some of them.


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Moises Garza

I have doing my family genealogy since 1998. I am also the creator of this blog We Are Cousins, and the Mexican Genealogy blog. To always be up to date with both of these sites follow me on Facebook. To contact me or book me for a presentation, buy my books, and or learn more about me visit my personal website at

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