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First newspaper in the Croatian language


Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin is the first newspaper published in Croatian language (1806-1810)

 

 



Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin

 

Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin is the first newspaper published in Croatian language (1806-1810)

 


At the beginning of the 19th century, one of the most important cultural events in Dalmatia was the publication of a bilingual newspaper Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin in Italian and Croatian, issued by the French government in Zadar between 12 July 1806 and 22 January 1808. Between 29 January 1808 and 1 April 1810 it changed name to Il Regio Dalmata.

 

The first issue of the newspaper "Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin" was published on 12 July 1806. The French government launched an official bilingual newspaper and the decision was taken by the Emperor Napoleon in person. It was a weekly newspaper with each page divided into two columns. The text on the left was printed in Italian and text on the right in Croatian. Each issue had eight pages and the newspaper was printed on Saturday by Anton Luigi Battara in Zadar.

 

Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin had a circulation of 600 copies and subscription worth 12 Venetian lire. The subscription could also be for three, four and six months. The newspaper was originally designed for the purpose of propaganda to win the public support for the French government in Dalmatia. The newspaper published official statements, law orders and instructions. The guidelines were intended mostly to develop the economy.

 

The first editor of Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin was the Dominican Nikola Dominik Budrović.

 

Il Regio Dalmata - Kraglski Dalmatin was pretty well read among the Croatian population and helped to overthrow the deeply rooted prejudice among certain social groups in which the Croatian language was of lesser value. This fact greatly contributed to the awakening of the national spirit in Dalmatia, and in the second half of the 19th century Zadar was a centre of the movement for the cultural and national revival.

 

The rich publishing tradition in Zadar continues in 1832 with the launch of a newspaper in German and Italian La Gazzetta di Zara, as well as the Croatian newspaper Zora dalmatinska in 1844. The newspaper Narodni list was started in 1862, making it the oldest living newspaper in Croatia, and a part of Croatian cultural history.