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Popayán

(pōpäyän`), city (1993 pop. 169,423), alt. 5,500 ft (1,676 m), capital of Cauca dept., SW Colombia, on a volcanic terrace high above the Cauca River. It produces textiles and foodstuffs. Popayán was founded in 1536 by Sebastián de BenalcázarBenalcázar or Belalcázar, Sebastián de
, c.1479–1551, Spanish conquistador. After accompanying Columbus on his third voyage (1498), Benalcázar served in Darién and Nicaragua
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 and during colonial times was a wealthy and aristocratic trade center. After Colombia gained independence in the 19th cent., the city lost much of its commercial preeminence but remained a major cultural center. Points of interest include many fine examples of Spanish colonial architecture and a university founded in 1640.

Popayán

 

a city in southwestern Colombia, in the Cauca River valley; situated on the Pan American Highway. Capital of Cauca Department. Population, 96,000 (1971). Popayán has railroad lines to Cali and the port of Buenaventura. A commercial center of a coffee-producing region, it has food and light industries. There is a university in the city. Popayán was founded in the 1530’s.

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I was greatly helped by the early morning culture of Popayan.
I was in one verada for a religious holiday when a priest from Popayan made his annual visit.
Garcia earned his law degree at the University of Cauca in Popayan.
Three different possible shapes of subduction of the Nazca plate in the Colombia-Ecuador trench were obtained: The first configuration, in the Cali A segment, the dip angle changes from17[degrees] to 45[degrees] down to a maximum depth of 100km; the second configuration, in the Popayan B and Narino C segments, the dip angle holds approximately constant at 30[degrees] down to a maximum depth of 200 km; and the third configuration, in the Quito D segment, the dip angle changes of 9[degrees] to 50[degrees] to a maximum depth 220 km.
While gathering information on slave labor in the gold mines of Spanish New Granada, the author also incorporated research from the historical archive of the Universidad del Cuaca in Popayan.
Permanent address: Departamento de Matematicas, Universidad del Cauca, Popayan, Colombia.
market since 2005; Ecuador approved a project to make ethanol; and Colombia, which recently inaugurated its first fuel-alcohol distillery, requires motorists in Bogota, Cali and Popayan to fall their tanks with at least 10% ethanol.
But in 1544-45, Cieza de Leon, the first Spanish chronicler of the region, wrote of a Guambia province, between Popayan and Cali, where many people lived.
Paleoenvironmental history of the Popayan area since 27000 yr BP at Timbio, Southern Colombia.