so the task is probably not too difficult for those who are fluent in Greek. I am always doing ongoing research on my ancestry's and village's history. Without boring people on this forum to death, I am searching for any documentation on possible Greek settlements in Northern Dalmatia (specifically surrounding Zadar), pre-1800s. The reason why I post this here is that I have rummaged through all my Serbian/Croatian/English resources (mostly) online, and have found little to none information. Thus, I think it is evident that if Greek settlements existed in the area and were documented, it would most likely be in Greek. I'm not asking for people to look through any Greek books that they have, but to merely maybe do a quick google search on the topic if they can.
So far, I have reason to believe Greek settlements did exist for these purposes:
-Zadar had significant Byzantine influence, as the St Donatus Cathedral (the city's landmark), was actually built by Greeks during pre-schismatic times.
-The last remaining (Serb) Orthodox Church in the old quarter of Zadar, St Elijah, was actually built for Greek sailors, which obviously means Greek merchants existed there, which is not surprising.
-The least but most interesting shred of quasi-evidence is that in my village Smokovic, the Orthodox church was built in 1567 but it was recently discovered that it was built on a single grave centred in the middle of the Church. Also, it was discovered a church older than that one existed in the village before, apparently a Greek Church. The issue I have here is that it is not surprising to hear of small Greek communities centered at coastlines for trade and whatnot, but my village is approximately 10 km inland, making it less of a merchant community.
-two small communities exist even today nearby, one is called Islam Latinski (Latin), and the other Islam Grcki (Greek). It was believed Catholic Croats lived in the former and Orthodox Serbs lived in the latter, resulting in the names. However, there has always been the literal interpretion that the latter was once a Greek community.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Like I said, I don't expect anyone to take time out of their day and do research for me, but I figure someone could just do a quick online search and see if they can yield any results, it would be of great significance to me!
lots of luck. A problem will be that Austrian-Hungarian records often refer to Orthodox as "Greek" when they were Serbian, Romanian, etc.