Toro, Colombia, has a population of about 17,000. The town sits in the north of the Valle del Cauca department at the base of the Western Range of the Andes Mountains.
The Gorrone indigenous people inhabited the northern Valle del Cauca until the Spanish arrived. The new settlers started a town in 1573 in the neighboring Chocó department with the name Nuestra Señora de la Consolación de Toro. The word Toro was added because many of the founding soldiers were from Toro, Spain. The indigenous people didn't like the newcomers and attacked the town repeatedly. That caused the people to move the town to a district called El Bohío. In 1575, the Spanish King Phillip II recognized the foundation of the town. In 1587, the town was again moved but this time only one kilometer to the west. That location is the current location of Toro. In 1632, the town gained the status as a municipality. It was growing. Well, looking at the current population, one would say it never grew much.