The price of cacao was, at the close of 1852, sixteen dollars the fanega.
It is measured not by the bushel, but by the fanega, which weighs 225 pounds.
Maize was sold by the carga, or load, which was about one half of the Castilian fanega.
Measuring by fanegas was then still in vogue in Mexico; a fanega equals about sixty-four kilograms.
I asked him if he wanted us to die from starvation, and then another man offered me half a fanega.