Google Books Ngram Viewer

Graph these comma-separated phrases:
case-insensitive
between and from the corpus with smoothing of .  
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1675 - 1756 1757 - 1772 1773 - 1786 1787 - 1950 1951 - 2000 nation English
1675 - 1758 1759 - 1773 1774 - 1787 1788 - 1944 1945 - 2000 province English
1675 - 1764 1765 - 1825 1826 - 1845 1846 - 1952 1953 - 2000 town English

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