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Bosanski Petrovac

Bosanski Petrovac is a town in western Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also the name of the municipality. The town and municipality are part of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Una-Sana Canton.HistoryThe settlement has existed since Roman times. It was conquered by the Ottoman Empire somewhere between 1520 and 1530. From 1929 to 1941, Bosanski Petrovac was part of the Vrbas Banovina of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During the Second World War, it was a Partisan stronghold which was conveniently located close to Marshal Josip Broz Tito's headquarters in Drvar.During the 1992-95 Bosnian War, the towns Serb majority remained in the city while the Bosniaks were forced to leave their homes. Then in 1995, as the war was nearing its end, the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina seized Bosanski Petrovac and it remained in Bosnian hands until the end of the war.Today, the town hosts many Bosniak refugees from other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina along with a large Serb minority that have returned.1971According to the 1971 census the municipality had a population of 18,597, including: 14,941 Serbs (80.34%)3,315 Bosniaks (17.82%)154 Yugoslavs (0.82%)76 Croats (0.40%)111 others (0.59%)
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