Foot. Conversion Chart

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We only include several basic units here for you to convert historical units to contemporary ones. A more comprehensive list of metric units is available on the main length conversion page.
foot to kilometer (km)
foot to meter (m)
foot to centimeter (cm)
foot to millimeter (mm)
Units: kilometer (km)  / meter (m)  / centimeter (cm)  / millimeter (mm)
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The American System of Measures (US Customary Units)

We only include several basic units here for you to convert historical units to contemporary ones. A more comprehensive list of U.S. units is available on the main length conversion page.
foot to mile (mi)
foot to yard (yd)
foot to inch (in)
Units: mile (mi)  / yard (yd)  / foot (ft)  / inch (in)
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Ancient Egypt

It might be hard to imagine, but these units dates back to 3100 BC. Egyptian people used them 5000 years ago. These units are distant ancestors of US customary units used today.
foot to iteru (river measure)
foot to knet (rod of cord)
foot to nbiw (pole)
foot to meh niswt (royal cubit)
foot to meh nedjes (short cubit)
foot to remen
foot to djeser, bu
foot to pedj-aa (large span)
foot to pedj-sheser (small span)
foot to amem (fist)
foot to deret (hand)
foot to shesep (palm)
foot to djeba (finger)
Units: iteru (river measure)  / knet (rod of cord)  / nbiw (pole)  / meh niswt (royal cubit)  / meh nedjes (short cubit)  / remen  / djeser, bu  / pedj-aa (large span)  / pedj-sheser (small span)  / amem (fist)  / deret (hand)  / shesep (palm)  / djeba (finger)
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Ancient Greek

The values of Greek units varied according to location and epoch. Relative proportions though were generally the same. Greek measures were in general derived from measurement system of Ancient Egypt.
foot to schoinos (σχοινός)
foot to parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)
foot to dolichos (δόλιχος)
foot to milion (μίλιον)
foot to hippikon (ἱππικόν)
foot to diaulos (δίαυλος)
foot to στάδιον, stadion
foot to stadium olympic
foot to stadium attic
foot to stadium ptolemey
foot to plethron (πλέθρον)
foot to hamma (ἅμμα)
foot to dekapous (δεκάπους)
foot to akaina (ἄκαινα)
foot to kalamos (κάλαμος)
foot to orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)
foot to diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)
foot to haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)
foot to pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)
foot to pygōn (πυγών)
foot to pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)
foot to pous (πούς, foot)
foot to spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)
foot to orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)
foot to lichas (λιχάς)
foot to hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)
foot to dichas (διχάς, midfoot)
foot to dōron (δῶρον)
foot to palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)
foot to kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)
foot to daktylos (δάκτυλος, finger)
Units: schoinos (σχοινός)  / parasanges (παρασάγγες, league)  / dolichos (δόλιχος)  / milion (μίλιον)  / hippikon (ἱππικόν)  / diaulos (δίαυλος)  / στάδιον, stadion  / stadium olympic  / stadium attic  / stadium ptolemey  / plethron (πλέθρον)  / hamma (ἅμμα)  / dekapous (δεκάπους)  / akaina (ἄκαινα)  / kalamos (κάλαμος)  / orgyia (ὄργυια, fathom)  / diploun bēma (διπλοῦν βῆμα, double pace)  / haploun bēma (ἁπλοῦν βῆμα, single pace)  / pēchys (πῆχυς, elbow)  / pygōn (πυγών)  / pygmē (πυγμή, forearm)  / pous (πούς, foot)  / spithamē (σπιθαμή, span of all fingers)  / orthodōron (ὀρθόδωρον, wrist to the tip of meddle finger)  / lichas (λιχάς)  / hemipodion (ἡμιπόδιον)  / dichas (διχάς, midfoot)  / dōron (δῶρον)  / palaiste (παλαιστή, palm)  / kondylos (κόνδυλος, two fingers)  / daktylos (δάκτυλος, finger)
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Ancient Roman

Roman length units were very well defined. The value of the base unit pes (foot) was discovered by John Greaves in 1639 after he made a lot of measurements in the ruins of Rome. Since then we know that the value of one pes was between 0.967 and 0.986 English feet. An accepted modern value is 296 mm. For most Roman units below we give an English equivalent in parentheses.
foot to schœnus (rush rope)
foot to leuga (league)
foot to mille passus (mile)
foot to stadium (stade, furlong)
foot to actus
foot to decempeda
foot to pertica (perch)
foot to passus (pace)
foot to pes sestertius
foot to gradus (step)
foot to cubitus (cubit)
foot to palmipes
foot to pes (foot)
foot to palmus major (palm length)
foot to palmus (palm width)
foot to uncia (inch)
foot to pollex (thumb)
foot to digitus (finger)
Units: schœnus (rush rope)  / leuga (league)  / mille passus (mile)  / stadium (stade, furlong)  / actus  / decempeda  / pertica (perch)  / passus (pace)  / pes sestertius  / gradus (step)  / cubitus (cubit)  / palmipes  / pes (foot)  / palmus major (palm length)  / palmus (palm width)  / uncia (inch)  / pollex (thumb)  / digitus (finger)
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foot to cubit
foot to span
foot to handbreadth
foot to etzbah
Units: cubit  / span  / handbreadth  / etzbah
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Old Spanish

In various provinces of Spain diferent variations of units were used. The conversions below use Castilian system. Although most of these units are now obsolete, some can still be used today in the countries of Latin America.
foot to legua de por grado (league of the degree)
foot to legua marina (nautical)
foot to legua
foot to milla marina (nautical)
foot to milla
foot to cuerda of Valencia
foot to cuerda
foot to estadal
foot to braza
foot to paso
foot to vara
foot to codo de ribera
foot to codo
foot to pie
foot to palmo
foot to coto
foot to pulgada
foot to linea
foot to punto
Units: legua de por grado (league of the degree)  / legua marina (nautical)  / legua  / milla marina (nautical)  / milla  / cuerda of Valencia  / cuerda  / estadal  / braza  / paso  / vara  / codo de ribera  / codo  / pie  / palmo  / coto  / pulgada  / linea  / punto
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Old Portuguese

These units were used in Portugal, Brazil and other countries of the Portuguese Empire until the adoption of the metric system in 19th century.
foot to braça
foot to toesa
foot to passo geométrico
foot to vara
foot to côvado
foot to pé
foot to palmo de craveira
foot to polegada
foot to linha
foot to ponto
Units: braça  / toesa  / passo geométrico  / vara  / côvado  /  / palmo de craveira  / polegada  / linha  / ponto
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Old French

There were many local variations; the following are Quebec and Paris definitions
foot to lieue commune
foot to lieue marine
foot to lieue de post
foot to lieue metrique
foot to arpent
foot to perche
foot to toise
foot to pied [foot]
foot to pouce [inch]
foot to ligne
Units: lieue commune  / lieue marine  / lieue de post  / lieue metrique  / arpent  / perche  / toise  / pied [foot]  / pouce [inch]  / ligne
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Old Russian

foot to mile
foot to verst
foot to mezhevaya verst
foot to kosaya sazhen
foot to sazhen
foot to makhovaya sazhen
foot to arshin
foot to ell
foot to pyad
foot to vershok
foot to inch
foot to line
Units: mile  / verst  / mezhevaya verst  / kosaya sazhen  / sazhen  / makhovaya sazhen  / arshin  / ell  /  / pyad  / vershok  / inch  / line
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Old German (Prussian)

These units were used before adoption of metric system in 1872.
foot to meile
foot to ruthe
foot to elle
foot to fuss
foot to zoll
foot to linie
Units: meile  / ruthe  / elle  / fuss  / zoll  / linie
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Old Austrian

These units were used before adoption of metric system in 1871.
foot to meile
foot to ruthe
foot to klafner
foot to fuss
foot to zoll
foot to linie
foot to punkt
Units: meile  / ruthe  / klafner  / fuss  / zoll  / linie  / punkt
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Old Swedish

Common measurement system was introduced in Sweden by law in 1665. Since then the system was slightly altered twice: in 1735 and 1855. Sweden switched to metric system in 1889.
foot to nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)
foot to mil (mile)
foot to fjärdingsväg
foot to rev before 1855
foot to rev after 1855
foot to stång
foot to famn (fanthom)
foot to aln (forealrm)
foot to fot (foot)
foot to kvarter
foot to tvärhand (hand)
foot to tum (thumb or inch) before 1855
foot to tum (thumb or inch) after 1855
foot to linje (line) before 1855
foot to linje (line) after 1855
Units: nymil (new mile, used since 1889 till now)  / mil (mile)  / fjärdingsväg  / rev before 1855  / rev after 1855  / stång  / famn (fanthom)  / aln (forealrm)  / fot (foot)  / kvarter  / tvärhand (hand)  / tum (thumb or inch) before 1855  / tum (thumb or inch) after 1855  / linje (line) before 1855  / linje (line) after 1855

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