Early Stone Age
The oldest traces of life are visible from the archaeological artefacts from the stone age
The Liburnians arrived, the most numerous Illyrian tribe on the island of Pag
Traces of metal jewellery have been found from this period
The Romans arrive who conquer the Liburnians and leave numerous traces on Pag
4th and 5th centuries
There is a powerful Christian community in Novalja, who build three impressive basilicas
A preserved reliquary beside the “urban basilica”, and also sacral furniture kept in “Stomorica” (archaeological collection).
The Croats arrive on Pag
8th and 9th centuries
A state is formed and allied with the Pope
11th and 12th century
The island of Pag is divided between the Rab and Zadar communes
12th – 14th centuries
Croatian, Hungarian and Venetians battle for the towns and islands in Dalmatia
King Ladislav sells his part of Dalmatia to Venice, which includes the town of Pag
The town of Pag gets its Town Statute
End of the 18th century
Napoleon defeats the Republic of Venice, and the island of Pag falls under Austrian rule (1797–1805). After Austria is defeated in a battle with France, the island of Pag, like the rest of Dalmatia, is under French rule that lasts for ten years.
Viennese Congress - Austria returns to rule the Kingdom of Dalmatia until 1918.
There is a national revival whose aim is to unify Dalmatia with the rest of Croatia and the Croatian language is introduced in schools and official positions.
End of 19th century
The autonomists are suppressed, the Croatian language is made official, a boat line is introduced and a quay is built to receive ships.
Beginning of the 20th century
The disease of phylloxera ravages the vineyards throughout Dalmatia, which also affects the island of Pag. This is followed by a huge wave of migration to the USA, Canada and Austria.
Second World War
Novalja and the island of Pag are the first to be controlled by the Italian army until the capitulation of Italy in September 1943. Then the island is taken over by partisan forces who hold it until the end of the year. After this the island is taken over by German and Ustaša armies. At the beginning of 1945, partisan forces regain control of the island.
After the fall of Yugoslavia, the island of Pag becomes a part of the independent Republic of Croatia.