Southeast Aceh district is the division of Central Aceh District, the beginning of the kab, Agara (southeast Aceh district) is started when on December 6-December-1957 formed a committee of people's demands Alas and Gayo Lues through a meeting at the upstream school Min Attended by 60 customary leaders of Alas and Gayo lues, and the result was. :
1) The capital of central Aceh was transferred from Tankengon to Kutacane.
2) if it is not possible to move the capital of kutacane to, then the authority of Alas and Gayay lues in making one district which can not be separated from Aceh Province.
On the demand was held a giant meeting in Kutacane which was attended by more than 200,000 people. Finally on 26-juni-1974 kab, Agara was officially opened by the interior minister of H, Amir machmud as a regency independent of the central Aceh district, as well as the first Bupati (Alm) H, shahada.
At the time of the Dutch Government in Indonesia, this small village was not left to be occupied by the Caucasians. Year 1908; His first Dutch entry into Kutacane, when Kutacane is still a small village called Pasir Gala and the Dutch Government itself resides in Kutarih.
In 1920 with particular consideration by the Dutch Government, the administrative center was moved to Pasir Gala, by immigrants and residents began to build houses and stalls around the center of the new Dutch government; Eventually becoming a small town called Kutacane. [The Dutch Government Center in Kutarih was later renamed as Kutacane Lama].
The end of the Dutch Colonial Government, replaced by our elder brother Dai Nippon; Kutacane did not change and until the power of the Japanese Government came to an end, Kutacane was led by a village chief.
In the time of the physical revolution, Aceh as a capital region was not able to be occupied by the Dutch / NICA troops, Kutacane as a small town closest to the battle area became a very safe refuge for refugees from East Sumatra (North Sumatra now). Kutacane is getting crowded and growing in terms of population. For the sake of their survival, newcomers began to clear dense forests into fields and areas along Lawe Alas and Lawe Bulan as paddy fields.
The fertile soil is accompanied by hard work, Kutacane and the surrounding area has grown into a surplus area of rice. Physical revolution ended, trade relations with North Sumatra smoothly.
Very bad communication factor with other Aceh region, especially near neighbor, Takengon, as the capital of Central Aceh Regency (then Aceh Tenggara including Central Aceh), then for the smoothness of government wheel, in former Kewedanaan Tanah Alas and Gayo Lues was formed Representative of Aceh Regency Central in Kutacane. At that time Kutacane was still headed by a village chief who was subject to the administration of Bambel District Government whose capital Bambel. The development of Kutacane with existing activities was increasingly incapable of being administered by a head of a village, for this in 1966 a subdistrict of Babussalam with its capital Kutacane was established.