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Location of Braavos on the map dubious

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On the most common shown map Braavos is on the far north of Essos on the level of Whiteharbour . On a few maps Braavos is depicted on some isles between Essos and Westeros not to far from Kingslanding.



As in Braavos is no Winter and people from Westeros go there on the way to Dorne, the later would make more sense to me.



I tried to find the related discussion here, but did not suceed . Could anybody fill me in on this mysterium?


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It's level with the Fingers, not White Harbor.



The reason Tyrion sent Myrcella there was the circumstances of the war: Stannis held Dragonstone, and the southern route out of Blackwater Bay was apparently more perilous than the northern route. By sending the ships up the coast through Crackclaw Point and then northeast to Braavos, they would avoid the dangers of Stannis's ships it seems. Then in Braavos, he had engaged the services of the Braavosi to carry Myrcella to Dorne, doubtless out of the idea that Braavosi ships would be less likely to be suspect, and doubtless the general power and wealth of Braavos make them among the safer vessels to travel on (i.e. some would-be pirates might decide ships from other areas are better prey).


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There was a popular fan map a couple of years ago where the artist did get the scale of Essos wrong and put Braavos on a level with White Harbour. However, on all of the canon-for-the-books and canon-for-the-TV-show maps, Braavos is clearly shown as Ran says above, east of the Fingers.


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Would there be any reference material? I am sure it must be mentioned in the books somewhere.



Stannis going there for a quick banking trip is obviously an inventive part of the show. However beeing more north than say the Iron Islands looks weird to me.



For me Braavos is something like Venice, while the Iron Islands have a Scandinavian or Irish touch.



Maybe the whole map has to ne turned 45 degrees? Or the cold is not coming from the absence of sun but from some white walker magic? Maybe Westeros is not even round?


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The Lands of Ice and Fire show the location of Braavos. And in Braavos it is getting colder too, IIRC, at a certain point, the canals are frozen. Winter doesn't happen in entire Westeros in one go, the cold gradually comes down.

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On Earth, longitude is just one factor that determines how warm a place is. Places with high elevation tend to be colder. Europe is warmer than it should be because of the Jet Stream.



But in the world of ASoIaF, winter is a very different phenomenon. .It's not yet explicit why this place has winters or why they're worse beyond the Wall than they are in Dorn. My theory is that it's proximity to the Land of Always Winter that counts, not proximity to the North Pole if this place even has one.


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