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The Zadar Penninsula, Zadar, Croatia. © iStock.com/mbrna

The cities of Zadar in Croatia, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin cemented ties between their communities when they became sister cities on May 11, 2015. In an effort to promote a more robust and meaningful relationship, Zadar and Milwaukee continue to promote trade and exchanges. The two cities share a natural connection: both cities are located on major bodies of water, which means that fishing, tourism, and commerce are common links. Today’s cooperation stems from historic links forged more than a century ago.

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The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. © iStock.com/Ron Thomas

So, where did it all start?

Since the mid-1800s, Milwaukee, a city of immigrants, experienced several waves of Croatian immigrants. Like European immigrants before them, these Croatians arrived in Milwaukee seeking freedom, jobs, and the opportunity to build better lives for themselves and their families. …

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