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Excerpt from The Life of John, Duke of Marlborough With Some Account of His Contemporaries and of the War of the Succession, Vol. 2
Although the campaign in Flanders was the principal one in 1708, and from its vast importance and thrilling interest absorbed the greater part of the forces of the contending parties, and nearly the whole interest of the struggle, yet it was by no means the only theatre of important operations. In other quarters considerable successes had been gained, which contributed to enhance the difficulties and augment the dangers of the French monarch. In the Mediterranean, Admiral Drake had conquered Sardinia, almost without striking a blow. Minorca, with its noble harbour and powerful fortress of Port Mahon, had yielded to a combined naval and military force under the able direction of General Stanhope, and, with Gibraltar, promised to secure to the English the command of that inland sea.
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