What does league refer to?

The league is a subsidiary unit of length in the British Imperial system, the longest unit in this system. It is defined as 5280 yards. It was common in Europe and Latin America, but is no longer an official unit in any nation.

The league was estimated by the Romans to be equal to 1,500 paces—a pace, or passus, in Roman measure being nearly 5 feet (1.5 metres). In the late 18th century the league also came to refer to the distance a cannon shot could be fired at menacing ships offshore. This resulted in the 3-mile offshore territorial limit.

You can use the following table to convert league into other area units:

kilometer (km) 4.828
meter (m) 4,828
decimeter (dm) 48,280
centimeter (cm) 482,803
mile (mi) 3
land 3
furlong 24
bolt 132
chain 240
pole 960
rod (rd) 960
perch 960
yard (yd) 5,280
foot (ft) 15,840
span 21,120
hand 47,520
inch (in) 190,080



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