Moca, Espaillat

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Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Church
Sagrado Corazón de Jesús Church
Moca is located in the Dominican Republic
Coordinates: 19°23′N 70°31′W / 19.383°N 70.517°W / 19.383; -70.517Coordinates: 19°23′N 70°31′W / 19.383°N 70.517°W / 19.383; -70.517
Country  Dominican Republic
Province Espaillat
Municipality since 1822
 • Total 239.36 km2 (92.42 sq mi)
Elevation[2] 183 m (600 ft)
Population (2012)[3]
 • Total 173,442
 • Density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
 • Demonym Mocano(a)
Distance to
 – Santo Domingo

145 km
Municipalities 8

Moca is the capital of Espaillat province in the Dominican Republic. Moca is located 11 miles/18 kilometers away from the country’s second biggest city, Santiago De Los Caballeros in the Cibao region. Known as "La Villa Heroica" (Village of Heroes) due to the amount of 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.

Cibaenians in the town of Moca, Espaillat.

Moca is home to the Corazon Sagrado de Jesus ("Sacred Heart of Jesus") Cathedral. All its pane glass windows were originally brought from Italy depicting the apostles and Jesus' path to the crucifixion. Agriculture forms the primary livelihood of the inhabitants. Plantain and yucca are main crops. Most crops are harvested by hand.

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).[citation needed]


According to Emiliano Tejera, Moca means a tree that overlooks the river banks. Others claim that the word comes from the region of Mocán, a section in the province of La Vega near the river. Others claim that the word Moca is based on the coffee crop name: Mocca. According to Franklin Torres Moca is derived from an Aboriginal term which was adopted by the European settlers.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Superficies a nivel de municipios, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica
  2. ^ De la Fuente, Santiago (1976). Geografía Dominicana (in Spanish). Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editora Colegial Quisqueyana. 
  3. ^ Censo 2012 de Población y Vivienda, Oficina Nacional de Estadistica