Why do we say The Amazon river and not The Mt.Fuji?

For example, I climbed Mt.Fuji.

I swam in the Amazon river.

I hiked along the Silk road.

  • You would use it, if you were to say, perhaps: We climbed the great Mt. Fuji. Oct 31, 2013 at 10:49
  • And, I don't think the is needed before 'Silk road', unless it's a part of the name: 'The Silk Road'. Oct 31, 2013 at 10:51
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    “No article is necessary before the following specific nouns: Singular names of countries or territories, cities, towns, states, streets, lakes, bays, mountains, continents, islands, languages, sports, academic subjects.” Oct 31, 2013 at 13:07
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    There are specific exceptions, like The Hague, but this is generally right. Also there are constructions like modified nouns (the buzzing New York City, the famous Fifth Avenue) which may need articles; this applies only to simple nouns and names. Oct 31, 2013 at 14:46

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Sometimes, a noun usually include an article. I personally think it is a remnant of the English language's relationship with the Romance language.

e.g the Netherlands, the Philippines, the Silk Road.

There are, however, no rules governing it.

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