Acre is a word that can come from two different etymological sources and therefore have different meanings. When derived from pungent English (and, further back, from Latin ager), the concept refers to a measure used in various nations to calculate the area of a land.
According to the region and the historical period, the acre has had different equivalences. The Digopaul, in its dictionary, mentions that one acre is equivalent to 40 areas and 47 centiares. This is the measure that is used in the countries of the United Kingdom and in those territories that were its colonies, such as the United States.
In France, on the other hand, an acre is linked to the arpende and can measure, according to the type of acre, between 34 and 51 areas approximately. At the time of the Roman Empire, on the other hand, one acre measured 50.58 areas.
Acre may also have its etymological root in the Latin acer. In this case, it is an adjective that refers to what is itchy and is harsh to smell and taste. You can also rate the rough edges and the sullen character. For example: “The pungent taste of the dish caused him rejection, ” “The pungent smoke from the factory is a sign of contamination. ”
In Brazil, there is a state called Acre, which borders Peru and Bolivia. Río Branco is its capital and has more than 758,000 inhabitants. A river that is also called Acre passes through the region.
This river is almost 1,200 kilometers long, it has tributaries to the Xumarí and Branco rivers, while it is also a tributary of another river, the Purús.
In the same way, we cannot forget the so-called Acre War, which was a conflict at different levels that occurred between Brazil and Bolivia. Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, the event that bears that name took place because both countries disputed the possession of the territory of Acre. They disputed it because it was a rich land both in terms of aquifers and rubber trees, for example.
That contest came to an end with the famous Treaty of Petrópolis, signed in 1903, by which Bolivia ceded a part of the aforementioned territory while Brazil promised, among other things, to yield other nearby land, to pay an economic amount to the government. Bolivian and even to allow that country to build customs.
Acre, finally, is a city of Israel located next to the Mediterranean Sea, whose historical center is part of the World Heritage protecting the UNESCO.
And it is, above all, with a spectacular fortification of Ottoman origin, which was created by the Order of Hospitaller Knights and is made up of elements such as the Knights’ Hall, an enchanted garden or a tower, for example.
That without overlooking that in its territory is also one of the holy places of Baha’i. We are referring both to the house where the prophet Bahá´u´llah lived his last years and to the prison where he remained imprisoned.