Meters, liters and kilograms are introduced (1799)

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

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In Europe, most people are used to measure with meters, liters and kilograms, but when was this metric system invented? Well, the answer is on the 10th of December in the year 1799! The first metric system was introduced in France during the French revolution by the lead of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Confusion in communication
Before this system was introduced, every country or region used different measurement units, which lead to a lot of confusion in communication. Only in France, there were around 400 different ways to measure things. In 1790, Napoleon gave the order to a group of physicists and mathematicians to create a metric system that could be used by everyone.

A law was made
In 1795, there was a metric system invented where people could use “meters” for lengths, “are” for surface, “liters” for liquids in volume and “gram” for weight. Napoleon spread measure tables all over the country to encourage the system and make people familiar with it. Today in 1799, a law was made to confirm that this metric system was the only legal way to measure lengths, weights and mass in France.

360 trivial fact
After the loss of Napoleon in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, the metric system was no longer used as the standard measure unit in France, because the battle winners were not amused by the laws Napoleon introduced. However, the metric system was reintroduced in 1837 because most people were used to this system.


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