Moca, Dominican Republic
Moca is the capital of Espaillat province in the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of La Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western third of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti, making Hispaniola one of two Caribbean islands that are shared by two countries...


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
Ulises Heureaux
Ulises Heureaux Lebert was president of the Dominican Republic from 1 September 1882 to 1 September 1883, from 6 January to 27 February 1887 and again from 30 April 1889 until his assassination, maintaining power between his terms.-Early life:Heureaux, affectionately known as Lilís, was born in...

 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
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 depicting the apostles and Jesus
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' path to the crucifixion
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Current Western Oklahoma State College pitcher/outfielder Danny Almonte
Danny Almonte
Danny Almonte Rojas is an assistant baseball coach at James Monroe High School in New York City. Almonte was born in Moca, Dominican Republic. A former Little League pitcher, he became the subject of considerable media attention in 2001...

 was born here in 1987. Almonte's teammate at WOSC, Jose "Flaco Loco" Cuevas is also from Moca. The writer Aída Cartagena Portalatín
Aída Cartagena Portalatín
Aída Cartagena Portalatín was a prolific poet, fiction writer and essayist. She wrote in Spanish. Some of her work has been translated into English and other languages....

was also born in Moca, in 1918.

Agriculture forms the primary livelihood of the inhabitants. Plantain and yucca are main crops. Most crops are harvested by hand.

Traffic-related deaths are common due to unsafe driving practices and the heavy use of mopeds without helmets.

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.

Famous doctor Dr. Eduardo Antonio Marte, son of heroic patriot Felix Antonio Marte, was also born in Moca City.

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.

Felix Antonio Marte – as mentioned above- is a patriotic hero who played a key role in liberating the country from the wrath of Rafael Trijillo. Under Trujillo’s ruling, Marte’s family was subjected to extreme vigilance and violence.

The entire Marte family survived Trujillo’s ruling and succeeded with his termination.

Felix Antonio Marte remains living in Moca as do some of his children, the rest of his children live in the United States.
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