The town was administratively established on 31 December 1988 by its separation from the town of Mana , desired by the people Kali'nas villages of Aouara and Hattes who had once received a camp depending on the prison of Saint-Laurent-du- Maroni .
Ten years later, in 1999 , the population of Awala-Yalimapo was estimated at 887 inhabitants, but with a growth rate of 3.4% per year. The population had increased from 1982 to 1990 due to armed conflicts of Suriname who pushed entire families in the region of Albina and Galibi to settle in Guyana Awala Yalimapo. In 2000 , approximately 60% of the population is under twenty years.
A Native American burial mound was discovered in the late 1950s. Recent archaeological work has uncovered new artifacts