Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union (1817). The Magnolia State is steeped in history and culture along with being the birthplace of a variety of music, including blues and rock. It is home to some of the best well-known American writers including William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Richard Wright and John Grisham. The geography of Mississippi is as diverse as the culture of its history. It is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico and beaches to the south, the hills of Tennessee to the north, the rich farmland and Mississippi Delta and River to the west, and large subset of woodlands of Alabama to the east. Although agriculture is a major driver in Mississippi’s economy, it is gaining more diversity with development of automobile plants, tourism, entertainment and gaming resources.