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Many ethnic groups had migrated into Vietnamese territory at different historical eras: some had come thousands of years ago which is fairly early and some had come several hundred years ago.

I don't know which phrase to use here?

I feel like "historical" and "era" usually go together; "time" and "period" go together. But I think historical eras refer to a decided way of classifying time periods whereas, in this sentence, the sense I'm leaning towards is a bit vague and general.

Also, "time periods", is it enough to describe the periods in the past already? or do I need to add something here?

If I combine them and use "historical periods", will it still sound natural?

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Many ethnic groups had migrated into Vietnamese territory at different times in their history: some had come thousands of years ago which is fairly early and some had come several hundred years ago.

This is basically editing.

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    Why do we need any of the hads? Many ethnic groups migrated into Vietnamese territory at different times in their history: some came thousands of years ago, fairly early, and some several hundred years ago. Oct 9, 2022 at 20:11
  • Thank you. Both of you are a great help.
    – Hai Duong
    Oct 12, 2022 at 14:06
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    @YosefBaskin For emphasis. Also, in this case, it reads better.
    – Lambie
    Oct 19, 2022 at 13:52

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