Santiago de Cali, better known as Cali, (pro. kä'lē) is the main city and capital of the Valle del Cauca Department in western Colombia. It was founded July 25, 1536 by spanish conqueror Cpt Sebastián de Belalcázar.
In 2005, it had a The name Santiago de Cali comes in one part to honour Saint James the apostle (Santiago in Spanish) whose feast day is celebrated on July 25. About the word Cali there are several opinions about its possible origin. Some attribute it to a mispronunciation of the word "Lili", the name of a local tribe. Others believe that the word "Cali" has quechua origin, and it was brought by the Yanaconas Indians that came from Quito serving Sebastián de Belalcázar. This theory is reinforced from the fact that near Quito there is an indigenous town named Cali Cali.
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