||NEW BOOK 2003
CROATIA and CROATIANS
and the LOST COLONY
By Adam S. Eterovich
America was being colonized by the English in 1585-1590 at Croatoan-Roanoke
on the Atlantic coast in the Carolinas. This was called the Lost Colony.
Sir Walter Raleigh was given a Royal Charter to colonize. When the English
returned in 1590 they found carved on a tree “Croatoan” and no colonists.
Western historians state that Croatoan-Croatan is an Indian word. This
was the first English attempt to colonize in America.
In 1588 the great Spanish Armada attacked England. It is estimated that
at least fifteen percent of the war galleons and merchant fleet under
Spanish flag were from Dalmatia, Croatia.
In 1588 the Pope, Sixtus V, was a Croatian and the Great Vizier or Prime
Minister of the Turkish Empire, Siavus Pasha Hrvat (Hrvat means Croatian)
was a Croatian. At that point in time these two individuals were the most
powerful and influential men in all of Europe. Both were immigrants; one
an "Italian", the other a "Turk".
A Croatian traveling west in Europe or to the New World from 1300-1700
could have been identified in documents as Hungarian, Venetian, Austrian,
Turkish, Italian-Venetian, Schiavon, Slavonian, Illyrian, Dalmatian or
from the Republic of Ragusa (Dubrovnik).
In 2003 to state or assume that Croatians participated in discovery
of new lands and were with Columbus would not be believed and probably
questioned in many circles. The 1400's-1650's were in fact a golden age
for Croatia disproportionate to her size in territory and population,
considering the Ottoman Turk invasion and conquest of Croatia up to Croatian-Dalmatia
and the Republic of Ragusa.
Previous, during and after the discovery of America, Croatians participated
in mercantile and diplomatic activities in Spain, Portugal, England, France,
Florence, Venice, Genoa and in India, America, Canada, Central and South
America. Their presence in England at the time of colonization was neither
accidental nor luck.
Voyages on the American Coast
In 1498 John Cabot, discoverer of North America, started on his second
voyage and then coasted along the East shore of the American mainland
to Cape Hatteras. Explorations of later date found pieces of a broken
sword of Italian workmanship, and that two silver earrings of Venetian
make had been seen upon a boy who was a native of the North-West country
in America which might indicate the destruction of part of Cabot's fleet.
Cabot's lawyer was a Dalmatian from Dubrovnik-Ragusa.
The New England Coast was first called New Dalmatia by explorer Verrazano
in 1524. This had been written about by French, Italian and American historians.
Verrazano mentions Sclavonia, Dalmatia and names four islands after Dalmatian
islands. Isola Lunga is Dugi Otok or Long Island, New York. Verrazano
discovered New York and may have lost ships off the Carolina coast.
San Blas-Saint Vlaho
Jean Alfonse in the Alfonse Voyages of the 1540's along the Atlantic
coast comments on passing Cap S. Blas, not naming it, with a notation
of northeast of Florida in beautiful country at the port of Chatelain
which would be Charleston, South Carolina. S. Blas is Saint Vlaho or Sveti
Vlaho in Croatian. Saint Vlaho is the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik in Croatia.
In 1565 Menendez de Aviles, the new governor of Florida, wiped out a
colony of French Huguenots trying to settle near present-day Jacksonville.
The "Levantine" mariners aboard the Flagship rebelled and took the ship
and disappeared. Navigation would dictate that the ship went north and
could have crashed off of Hatteras. Levantine mariners were usually Dalmatian-Croatian
Catholics. Spain would not allow on her ships Greek Orthodox or Moslems.
Sir Walter Raleigh and Nikola Gozi-Gucetich
Sir Walter Raleigh and Nikola Gozi-Gucetich held meetings in 1585 in
London, prior to the voyage, with the admiral Lord Charles Howard of Effingham.
Croatoan Island was first called My Lord Admirals Island in honor of Lord
Howard of Effingham. Nikola Gozi-Gucetich of Dubrovnik was the second
largest foreign banker in England. His nephew, Paolo Gondola-Gundulich,
wrote letters to a friend in Florence from London of Drake and Raleigh
in Virginia and other voyages. The Dalmatian-Croatian colony had a Fraternity
in London. They probably were venture capitalists in a number of English
voyages of exploration.
Croatian Place Names in North Carolina
Place names and names found in North Carolina associated with Croatia
are: Croatamonge, Croatamung Island, Croatan Indians, Croatan Indian Park,
Croatan National Forest, Croatan Sound, Croatan Township, Croatan Wildlife
Area, Croatoan and Croatoan Island.
Croato an--Croat an
Croato-Croata-Croati is the Italian form of Croatia or Croatian. The
Italian alphabet does not have a K. When a person is from a place such
as Split, Dubrovnik, Ragusa, Zagreb, as examples ---- you can say he is
a: Splitcan, Hvaran, Dubrovcan, Ragusan, Zagrebcan, Trogiran, Hercegovan.
Croatia was not a country in the 1500s but a part of Venice, Austria,
Hungary, Turkey or the Republic of Dubrovnik-Ragusa. One could say they
were: Croatians, Croatans or Croatoan s. All historians and experts state
that Croatoan is an Algonquin Indian name. Other experts state there is
no CR or KR sound in the Algonquin language in that area.
Is Ottorasko-Hrvatsko (Croatia)?
Cape Hatteras: Place name variations included Hatarask, Hotoras, Hatorask,
Hatorasck, Hatrask, Otterasco, 0ttorasko. Ottorasko was the earliest name
given to this island south of Port Ferdinando with Croatoan southward
from it again.
The Melungeon, Lumbee, and Croatan groups in America claim to be a mixture
of Indian and European mariners, liberated slaves, Lost Colonists, and
remnants of Spanish and Portuguese settlements. There is considerable
speculation as to the origin of the name Melungeon. The Melingi-Melingoi
were Slavic groups in the Balkans that would have willingly served in
Sir Frances Drake liberated hundreds of slaves in the Caribbean while
plundering Spanish settlements. Drake brought material help to the Roanoke
Colony and left the Turks and Moors and some European slaves at Roanoke.
These liberated slaves far outnumbered the English Colonists; some left
with Drake and were returned to Turkey. The Turkish slaves were captured
in sea battles in the Mediterranean. Almost all Turkish admirals in the
1500’s were Croatian-Dalmatians. Bosnia-Hercegovina, one half of Croatia
and parts of the Dalmatian coast, all part of the Croatian kingdom, were
conquered by Turkey. Many Dalmatian mariners served in Turkish fleets;
the second language at the Turkish Court for the military and marine was
Croatian. Twenty two Great Viziers (Prime Ministers) of the Turkish Empire
At the Lost Colony, Ribuckon meant in Algonquin Indian a fishing place
or fish; Cipo was mullet fish; Cante-Cante meant to sing and dance and
Sat was time. There were many other similarities. Gray eyes and blondish
hair amongst the Indians was noted for centuries. Gray eyes and light
hair is found in Croatia in great numbers and not found in any other Mediterranean
Research should be done at Istanbul, Turkey to determine the names of
those "Turks" returned by the English from the Lost Colony. DNA and blood
testing is now being conducted, but is not considering Croatians or Croatia
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Croatia and Croatians at the Lost Colony, 1585-1590.
San Carlos: Ragusan Press. 2003. Soft Cover, 8 1/2 x 11, 156 pages.
Illustrated. $25.00. The first English colony in America. Send check
to Adam S. Eterovich, 2527 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, Ca. 94070. Phone
650-592-1190. E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org - www.croatians.com
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Croatian Contributions to San Francisco from
1849-1949 to Restaurants, Coffee Saloons, Oyster Saloons, Saloons, Liquor,
Importers-Exporters, Fruits-Produce, Fishermen-Oystermen and Mariners.
San Carlos: Ragusan Press, 2003. Soft Cover. 215 pages. Illustrated.
$25.00. Make check to Adam S. Eterovich, 2527 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos,
CA 94070. Phone 650-592-1190. E-Mail email@example.com. www.croatians.com
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Gold Rush Pioneers From Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina
and the Boka Kotor. San Carlos: Ragusan
Press, 2003, 2527 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, CA 94070. Soft Cover,
81/2x11. $25.00. Covers the Gold Rush of 1848 in California and the
Silver Boom of 1859 in Nevada. Included are the saloons, coffee saloons,
and restaurants. All pioneers are listed in an extensive Index. Eterovich,
Adam S. A Guide to Croatian Genealogy. San Carlos, Calif.: Ragusan Press,
1995. 50 pages. Booklet. $14.00. Includes Maps, Translations, Archives.
- Eterovich, Adam S.: A Guide and Index to Croatian
Coats of Arms. San Carlos: Ragusan Press, 2003. 70 pages. Soft Cover.
Spiral Bound. $15.00. An index and guide to the Nobility of Croatia.
Over 7000 names and variations. Eterovich, Adam S. Croatian Popes and
Saints and the Croatian Checkered Arms. San Carlos: Ragusan Press, 1998.
60 pages. $15.00. A booklet containing all forms of family and state
arms with the Croatian checkered arms. Thirteen Popes had similar Arms.
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Croatians in California, 1849-1999. San
Carlos, Ca: Ragusan Press, 2000. 650 pages. $30.00. Gold Rush pioneers,
the wild west-saloons, restaurants, farms, orchards, vineyards, fishermen,
music, celebrations, societies, churches and 1000's of individuals.
800 biographies. 115 Illustrations.
- Eterovich, Adam S. and Simich, Jerry L.: General Index to Croatian
Pioneers in California, 1849-1999. San Carlos, Ca.: Ragusan Press.
1999. 370 pages. $30.00. An Index by Name, Date, Occupation or Activity,
Location, Town of Origin and Reference Source. Abstracted from cemeteries,
voting registers, census, society records church records and other source.
45,000 individuals plus mariages.
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Croatian Pioneers in America, 1685-1900.
San Carlos, Ca.: Ragusan Press, 1979. 205 pages. $20.00. Covers those
that came to the Southern United States and to the West for the Gold
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Marco Polo Croatian Adventurer. San Carlos.
Calif.: Ragusan Press, 1987. 12 page Booklet. $6.00. Marko Polo born
on Island of Korcula, Dalmatia, Croatia.
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Croatia in the New World: Columbus, The Republic
of Ragusa (Dubrovnik) and Saint Vlaho (Saint Blaise) Patron Saint of
Dubrovnik. San Carlos, Calif.: Ragusan Press, 1993. Booklet. $8.00.
Four Croatians with Columbus.
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Croatia in the New World: Sebastian Cabot's
Voyage to the Rio De La Plata, 1526-1530. San Carlos, Calif.: Ragusan
Press, 1990. Booklet $6.00. Croatian officers and mariners with Cabot.
Cabot could be Croatian.
- Eterovich, Adam S.: Croatia in the New World: The Verrazano Voyages
to America and Canada, 1523-1524. San Carlos, Calif.: Ragusan Press,
1990. Booklet $6.00. New England was first named New Dalmatia. Verrazano
could be Croatian.
Croatian mariners in the New World; guilds and
JELACIC, by Michel Iellatchitch, France
Croatian History, Culture, and Science