Quebra–Quilos revolt

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The Quebra–Quilos revolt (Portuguese: revolta do Quebra-Quilos, literally, "revolt of the kilogram-breaker") was a three-month-long revolt in opposition to the proposed transition to a metric system.[1] The unrest took place from November 1874 to January 1875 as part of wider anti-government protests.[1]



The revolt is remembered in place names in many towns and cities in northeast Brazil. For instance, there is the Praça de Quebra-Quilos (Quebra Quilos Plaza) in Fagundes, Paraiba, and Rua Quebra-Quilos ("Quebra-Quilos Street") in nearby Campina Grande.


  1. ^ a b R.M., Levine (1997). Brazilian Legacies. ME Sharp. p. 209. ISBN 0-7656-0008-0. 
This article is based on a translation of the corresponding article from the Portuguese Wikipedia.