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Perušić is a town and a municipality in Lika-Senj County, Croatia. The municipality has 2,638 inhabitants, while the town itself has 852. The municipality is within the mountainous Lika region of central Croatia. The Kosinj region is located near the town.Perušić is one of the poorest inhabited municipalities in Croatia, with a shrinking population. Farming and agricultural industries are the main occupations. The small settlements of the municipality are built on hillsides due to frequent flooding.GeographyThe Town of Perušić is located in the southeastern part of Lika, at an altitude of 575-, in a valley of the Lika River watershed. It lies in a field, Perušićkog polja, bounded by the hills west of Klis and the railway line east of the Old Town of Perušić.Perušić connects to major roadways including state road D50 (Otočac to Gospić), and the Zagreb–Split highway. The main railway line MP11 also connects to Zagreb and Split, with daily passenger and freight service.HistoryThe region has been inhabited since ancient times. Stone Age artifacts have been found on the road to Otočac, while more finds come from the Bronze Age including grave sites from the 8th or 9th century BC. In the woods of Begovača near Kosinje there is a Roman monolith engraved with the verdict of a water dispute between Illyrian tribes.Perušić became an organized settlement in the 16th century, when it was on the border between the Ottoman Empire and European states. It was first called Perušić in 1487. It was founded by brothers Dominic and Gašpar Perušić, from a noble family who came from the hinterland. The family built a hill fortress, known by various names in writings of that time, including Stari grad Perušića (Old Town of Perušića), Gradina (fortified town), and most often Perušićka kula (Perušić tower).
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