Through the turbulent history of Croatian on old dream of an independent state was accomplished only twice. The first time in tenth century when in 925 under the leadership of King Tomislav Croatia became a kingdom.
The second time (I hope the last time) 1991 when it was born a new Croatian state from the ashes of former Yugoslavia, becoming a reality of the thousand-year-old dream of independence.
Croatia history is extremely rich with valuable cultural and historical heritage, as a testimonial of belonging of Croatia to Middle-European and Mediterranean cultural and civilization tradition.
Whichever part of Croatia you visit, the traces of ancient history are visible everywhere from Illyrians, Greeks to the Romans, Hungarian to Austrians, Napoleonic to Venice.
The specific urban culture of coastal and island areas is easily seen in towns such as: Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Zadar, Sibenik, Hvar, Korcula and Ston, Stari Grad (Hvar island) with Split (Diocletian's Palace) and Dubrovnik, most of them making a part of the world cultural heritage under UNESCO protection.
Below you'll find some important dates of the main historical periods of the Croatia past from Illyrians to the present days.
Through history Croatia has had many foreign rulers. As a reason for this, Croatian history is marked by a sequence of different cultures but it was always considered as the meeting point of Western civilization and the East.
Although Croatia has passed under the influence of many different cultures - Greek, Roman, Illyrian, Austrian, Hungarian, Byzantine, Venetian - it gave its own and unique contribution to the history of European civilization.
Strong influence of different cultures reflected in customs, crafts and folklore, and also in eating habits. Regional cuisines all over Croatia have become more and more available to foreign guests as part of the tourist services.
Italian (better to say Venetian) influence is strong along the coastline while Hungarian and Austrian etiquette can still be seen in the continental interior.
Here are some useful resources about events in Croatia history: