Croat minority in Banat

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There are about seven villages in the depression south of the Dognecei mountains and east of Reşiţa with a Slavic population dating from at least the 13th century (first document mentions this population in 1230). These people are now generally linked to the Croat nation.

There is a legend that Bosnian Franciscans brought these Roman Catholics here before the Ottoman invasions. The population still speak a Croatian dialect and have a Croatian costume.

The villages are Caraşova, Clocotici, Lupac, Nermed, Rafnic, Vodnic, Iabalcea.


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