|• Total||339.21 km2 (130.97 sq mi)|
|Elevation||183 m (600 ft)|
|• Density||750/km2 ( 1,900/sq mi)|
– Santo Domingo
Moca is located 11 miles/18 kilometers away from the country’s second biggest city, Santiago De Los Caballeros. Moca is also known for its many great crops and friendly people.
It is known for it agricultural production. Also known as "La Villa Heroica" (Village of Heroes) due to the amount of brave men and women from Moca who have played a major role in the Dominican Republic's history in bringing down two dictators, Ulises Heureaux and Rafael Trujillo, and bringing democracy back to the country.
Moca has one of the most beautiful churches in the country named Corazon de Jesus (Heart of Jesus). All its pane glass windows are originally from Italy depicting the apostles and Jesus' path to the crucifixion.
Current Western Oklahoma State College pitcher/outfielder Danny Almonte was born here in 1987. Almonte's teammate at WOSC, Jose "Flaco Loco" Cuevas is also from Moca. The writer Aída Cartagena Portalatín was also born in Moca, in 1918.
Mocanos coined name for people born in Moca. One of them is Franklin de Js. Torres a well known citizen who discovered the real origin of the world Moca and who is the youngest language teacher throughout the Dominican Republic. Torres has become one of the most credible historian of the new century. Through his research, he found a Taino settlement in Villa Trina led by a chittainship called Moca, whence originated the name of the capital of Espaillat privince, now known as Moca or MocaCity.
Agriculture forms the primary livelihood of the inhabitants. Plantain and yucca are main crops. Most crops are harvested by hand.
Several physician groups have worked to improve the health of local residents including Physicians for Peace (Norfolk, VA) and Fundacion Sol Naciente, a free public clinic which also serves as the local hospital.
Moca is also recognized for its strong political up bringing. Former dictator Rafael Trujillo owned a house in Moca. In fact, the house is located a few blocks from the church Sagrado Corazon De Jesus (picture above).
Brave citizens of Moca played major roles in the termination of the dictators Rafael Trujillo and Ulises Heureaux. Most heroes have remained anonymous even to this day, however there are few who with great valor exposed their faces and guided the forces against the dictators.