This is one of 32 provinces in the Dominican Republic. Espaillat is one of the 32 provinces. A lot of people live there: Moca is the capital city. It has five municipalities. La Vega, Santiago, and Puerto Plata are to the south; Mara Trinidad Sanchez to the north-east; and Santiago and Puerto Plata to the west. It is in the north-central part of the Dominican Republic. To the north, the Atlantic Ocean is on the coast. When Ulises Francisco Espaillat was President of the Republic in 1876, it was called Espaillat Palace. He was a 19th-century author who lived from 1823 to 1878.