Krotoa, a Khoi woman who interpreted for the first Dutch settlers at the Cape, represented the joining of two cultures, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said on Thursday.
"The work she achieved in that brief life represents all that we are trying to achieve in our great city," De Lille said in a speech prepared for delivery, at the naming of Krotoa Place, St George's Mall, in Cape Town.
Krotoa was celebrated on Thursday, Women's Day, as a symbol of reconciliation.
"Her work showed that seemingly separate traditions only need a simple bridge between each other in order to create understanding."
She said the recognition of women and their role in society had been neglected for too long.
"We want the Cape Town of the future to be owned by all people, no matter their race, culture, gender or sexuality."
Cape Town had to become an "inclusive city" and "interrogate" how it could celebrate diversity.
"Let Krotoa Place be a symbol of our lasting commitment to changing this city into a Cape Town that we all own," she said.