Long time ago, in the deep past, the island of Pašman, in the necklace of islands, islets and rocks of Zadar archipelago, was settled. It shared with them throughout the ages, all the privileges and difficulties that carry the sea, the wind and the sun - parents who provide to every islander pure love and inspiration of life in exchange for eternal loyalty and respect. At any moment in history, the lives of people on the island of Pašman has been "bread with seven corps" since very ancient prehistoric times, through the old Liburns, Romans and Croats until nowadays.
The name of the island has changed throughout history. The earliest mentions date back to the 10th and 11th century. The version of the name in Croatian form, that we use today, was first mentioned in the 14th century, and from the 15th century, the name Pašman becomes permanent.
Despite the very late first documented mention, the island of Pašman carries evidence of human presence since the early prehistoric times, when Pašman was not even an island. Today’s landscape of the island began to form about 12,000 years ago in the Middle Stone Age. Pašman enters into the new era as a part of the Roman Empire. Before the Roman period, the island and its inhabitants were an integral part of Liburian cultural group. When the Romans conquered Jadasine (Liburnian community on Zadar area) in the 1st century BC, Pašman Jadasini also came under their governance. The island then, along with the neighboring island of Ugljan, became an integral part of ager that belonged to the Roman city Iadera (today's Zadar).
In the Middle Ages, times were anything but calm. Pašman, along with Dalmatia lived through political changes. In the narrow time strait, the Byzantine, Croatian, Croatian-Hungarian and Venetian governance have interchanged.
The island finally sailed in calmer waters in the new century under the auspices of the Venetian Republic, whose galleys were rarely given the strongest sailors. After the global turbulencies in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars, the island has found a new peace in the Habsburg monarchy until the First World War.
Although surrounded by the sea from all four sides, the inhabitants of the island were not spared of global turbulences during the 20th century. War difficulties, undevelopment of the island and the attractiveness of economically developed areas were taking away torrents of youth from the island "looking for a better" across the sea to the cities and overseas countries. Neither the Kingdom of Yugoslavia before the World War II, nor the communist Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia had failed to stop the outflow of youth from the island. The island however managed to weather the difficult 20th century that ended up by the ultimate realization of an independent and sovereign Republic of Croatia. As her proud member, Pašman made a step into the new millennium by modernization efforts, through the transition from a predominantly agricultural island to an island of tourism and hospitality character, ready to embrace each individual desiring rest in crystal clear water and unspoiled nature.
Zadar archipelago is kept by a large number of islands. Pašman is one of them. It is situated only a few kilometers from the mainland and yet so close to the treasures of Kornati.
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