The general statement / elaboration is also a common writing
pattern used in exposition. The signpost words make the relationship
between an event and outcomes easily recognized.
Battle at Aboukir Bay
...Without hesitation, Nelson led his fleet along a narrow
channel into Aboukir Bay and took the French by surprise. Of
nineteen enemy battleships two were destroyed and nine captured.
As a result of this battle, the island of Malta fell into British
hands and became Britains second navel base in the Mediterranean.
More important still, Napoleons line of sea communitation
was cut, and his invitation of the East had to be abandoned..