Beautiful coastline of Croatia, old buildings and a boat.

The lands that today comprise Croatia were part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the close of World War I. In 1918, the Croats, Serbs, and Slovenes formed a kingdom known after 1929 as Yugoslavia. Following World War II, Yugoslavia became an independent communist state.

Although Croatia declared its independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, it took four years before occupying Serb armies were mostly cleared from Croatian lands. The last Serb-held enclave in eastern Slavonia was returned to Croatia in 1998.

Croatian National Tourist Board (English)

U.S. Department of State: Croatia

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: Croatia Maps

National Geographic article on Croatia