Acquaviva Collecroce

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  • The amount of Slavic villages was larger than today in the previous centuries. According to field names, Slavic settlements reached deep into the area of Abruzzia. Names of places such as S. Giacomo degli Schiavoni or Schiavi di Abruzzo are also proof of Slavic settlements. 
  • Pertaining to the time of their settlement, one assumes that the Molisian Slavs arrived in the early 16th century because of language peculiarities. However, a Slavic population already living there may have been overlapped. A later period of immigration is out of the question because of the lack of Turkish borrowings and the phonological and grammatical characteristics of Molisian Slavic. One can also assume that Molisian Albanians settled at a similar time.
  • Just like the identification of the time of their arrival, the determination of the approximate region from which the Molisian Slavs came can rely only on the special features of the minority language. It is most probable that they originated from the Dalmatian hinterland in the Neretva area (today Bosnia-Herzegovina). 
  • The work of Milan Rešetar (1911), which was newly published in 1997 in an Italian translation under the title Le colonie serbocroate nell'Italia Meridionale, is the classic source for all data on the immigration and the historical situation in the area of Acquaviva.


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