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A collection of helpful maps of Croatia.
Also see Robert Jerin's links page for maps on other websites.
A map of Croatian counties today.
Croatia through the centuries. When trying to understand Croatian history, one of the many difficulties is keeping track of the ever-changing boundaries. These maps below should help.
What is now Croatia, in the 3rd-5th centuries. Shows the Roman settlements, Illyrian tribe names, including the Dalmati, old names for the towns and islands. (104K)
What is now Croatia, in the 6th century. Shows the extent of the Avar/Slav lands in 568, and the extent of the Byzantine Empire in 537. Around 650 is when the Slavs and Avars invaded what is now southern Croatia and Serbia. (80K)
Croatia around 800. The first region called Croatia. Shows what was then called White and Red Croatia, and the beginnings of what went on to become the Dubrovnik Republic. (96K)
Croatia during King Tomislav. Ruled from 910-928. (100K)
Croatia in 1073. (100K)
Croatia in 1102. (96K)
Croatia as it appeared in 1358. Serbia went right up to the hills behind Dubrovnik. Konavle and Kotor were part of Serbia then. (140K)
Croatia in 1526, right before the Battle of Mohacs. (120K)
Croatia in 1606. (112K)
Croatia in the 17th and 18th centuries. (112K)
Croatia in 1848. (76K)
Croatia in 1883. (84K)
Croatia in 1997. (192K)
The Austro-Hungarian Empire as it was from 1867 to 1918. Shows regions such as Moravia, Galicia, and a hard-to-find definition of Dalmatia.(140K)
Another map of the Austro-Hungarian Empire showing Austria, Hungary, Styria, Tyrol, Lombardy, Illyria, Croatia, Dalmatia, Sclavonia, Transylvania, Banat, Galacia, Saxony, Silesia, Moravia, Lodomiria and more. (60K)
Dubrovnik and Konavle (southern-most part of Croatia).
Konavle villages and churches (16K).
South Croatia map showing Konavle (28K)
Painting: aerial view of southern Croatia (80K).
Highway map of Konavle (95K).
Konavle, as drawn by Vitelleschi in 1827. Original in the Dubrovnik Archive (14K).
1686 Atlas in the Dubrovnik archive.
This Atlas is of the "Turkish Empire" and covers all of the eastern Adriatic and inland, including areas that were not part of the Turkish Empire. Most place names are very old and no longer in use. Three examples are below but are of poor quality. But the originals are quite good and can be obtained from the Dubrovnik Archive at a very reasonable cost. If interested in good copies, email this website for details. The Atlas covers all areas from Istria to the southeast, not just the examples below. Specify your area of interest.
Map of the Istria area dated 1686. (94K)
Map of the Island of Korcula dated 1686. (92K)
Map of the Island of Vis dated 1686. (30K)
Migrations of Croats from 600 BC to 700 AD. Note that the first two stages (from Iran to the area north of the Black Sea, and from the Black Sea to what is now southern Poland) are still controversial among archeaologists. The direct evidence supporting these theories is sparse and tenuous. Hopefully, more evidence will appear in the future, especially in the form of DNA tracing. (88K)
"Barbarian" invasions of Europe (6th to 10th centuries AD). This shows the invasions into what is now Croatia by the Avars and Slavs (7th century) and the Bulgars (10th century). (45K)
Croatian migrations from 1222 to the 17th century. Shows the Moravian and Moriste (to Italy) emigrations and well as the ones into Slovenia and Transylvania. Borders are as they were in the 16th century, though an exact date is not given. Legend is in the lower left of map. (96K)
Croatian migrations of the 19th and 20th centuries. Names and terms are in Croatian. (108K)
Regions of Croatian settlement in the Americas. (88K)
Regions of Croatian settlement in South Africa. (12K)
Regions of Croatian settlement in Australia and New Zealand. (24K)