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Pag (Latin pagus, village) is an island in northern Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Croatia. It is the fifth biggest island on the Croatian coast, and the one with the longest coastline.The island has an area of 285 km² and coastline of 270 km. Other than the other town on island, Novalja, there are also many smaller villages and touristic places.

Pag is also the name of the largest town on the island of Pag, with population of 2421 people (2001), positioned 43:31N Latitude, 16:16E Longitude.

Pag history

The mediaeval Pag emerged near the salterns where the abandoned Old Town used to be, 3 km south of the present location. According to historical documents, the name Pag was mentioned for the first time in the 10th century. In 976, the Croatian king Stjepan Držislav took Pag from the Byzantine authority and appointed a Croatian district Prefect as the administrator of the town.

In 1244 Croatian-Hungarian king Bela IV granted Pag the status of a free royal town. After the rebellion against Zadar, Pag obtained partial autonomy, and Ludovic I acknowledged its full autonomy in 1376 as to all other Dalmatian towns. In the battles against Zadar which took place in 1394 Pag suffered a heavy defeat and devastation, and the inhabitants moved to a new location, where the present Pag was founded.

In 1403, the king Ladislav sold his share of Dalmatia, Pag included, to Venice and thus sentenced Pag to a centuries-long life under the Venetian rule. In 1433 Pag received the Town Statute, one of the first documents of that sort in Croatia.

In the middle of the 15th century, Ottoman threat kept rising and therefore the inhabitants of Pag decided to build a new town. The construction works began on today’s location of the town, on 18th May 1443. The urban plans of the new town were developed in Venice respecting the principles of architecture and urbanism of that time. Juraj Dalmatinac, a great constructor and sculptor participated in the development of the urban plan.

In the late 19th century and the early 20th century, Pag had 4700 inhabitants. In later years, and especially in 1905, following the emergence of a blight, which had destroyed the vineyards, the number of population started declining. Many inhabitants emigrated, mostly to the USA, Canada and Australia.

During the World War II on the island Pag was a concentration camp set up by the Croat Ustaše puppet regime in. It held about 8,500 people: 4,500 Serbs, 2,500 Jews, and 1,500 Communists. When the Ustase learned that the island of Pag was to be transferred to Italian control (in 1941) they killed all of the prisonners.

Another wave of depopulation of town and island Pag took place at the end of the Second World War. In this period, the nobility completely seized to exist.

During the war in Croatia in 1991, the only link between southern and northern Croatia was island Pag, thanks to the bridge that connects it to the mainland on the south.

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