The Croats lived north of the Carpathian Mountains before they moved to the South and settled in the present regions. This move took place during the siege of Constantinople by the Avaro-Persians in 626 and during the reign of Heraclius I the Byzantine emperor. He asked the Croats for help and invited them into Dalmatia. The Croats, after several years of bloody fighting, had defeated the Avars and pushed them to the north of the Danube. They then settled, as Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus writes, in Dalmatia, Pannonia and Illyricum which means: between the Adriatic Sea in the South and the Drava and Danube rivers in the North, and betwen the Rasa river in Istria in the West, the Drina river in the East and the Vojusa river in the Southeast which is present Albania.
Bosnian Franciscans are a religious order in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was allowed by Sultan Mehmed II in the Ottoman empire in 1463.
Kulin made a contract with Dubrovnik in accordance with which merchants from Dubrovnik obtained complete freedom of trading within Bosnia and great influence over the Bosnian economy.
The former Yugoslavia had 23,472,000 inhabitants in the moment of its breakdown in 1991. It consisted of six republics, defined by the Constitution as the states. In the structure of the Republic of Serbia there were two autonomous provinces, defined as the federal units by the Constitution with the same status as the republics. As the multi-ethnic state, it was made up of six nations: Montenegrins(600,000 - 2.6%), Croats( 4,650,000 - 19.6%), Macedonians(1,420,000 - 6%),Muslims(2,200,000 - 8.9%),Slovenes ( 1,820,000 - 7,8%),Serbs(8,460,000 - 36.3%). Although treated as an ethnic group, Albanians( 2,150,000 - 8%) were more numerous than three South-Slav nations: Montenegrins, Slovenes and Macedonians. Then followed Hungarians accounting for 426,000 or 2%. Huge differences in numerousness, the largest nation being 14 times greater than the least one, influenced the political life in the country decisevely.