Archaeological findings prove that in the 6th century BC the ancient Greeks had commerce with the Illyrian by means of the sea, and that they founded their colonies there (Pharos, today’s Starigrad, on the islands of Hvar and Issa on Vis).
Later on, the Romans arrived,
Along with Slovenia, Croatia declared her independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991, which triggered the Croatian War of Independence. Belgrade rejected the new country and the ensuing months saw combat between various Croatian armed forces and the Belgrade-based JNA (Yugoslav National Army). In December 1991, Germany recognised Croatia and many other influential countries followed suit.